For more than 25 years the Holiday Wish Tree in the Sparta Library has been making holidays happier for children in Sussex County. The Junior Woman’s Club of Sparta presents the tree to the community as a vehicle through which gifts can be brought to children in need. This year the tree will be displayed from Nov.18 through Dec. 18.
It’s easy to help. First, choose a handmade ornament from the tree. Each ornament is tagged with the age and gender of a child. Then return a new, unwrapped gift to the tree – with the tag on the gift. The ornament is yours to keep. The Junior Woman’s Club of Sparta delivers these gifts to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency, DCP&P, where the gifts are distributed by DCP&P to families based on needs throughout the entire year.
The community has been particularly helpful in donating gifts to teenagers spending their holidays in a group home without their families. For some, it is the only gift they will receive.
There are more than 400 children in Sussex County whose Christmas will be made brighter through the generosity of the community. The public is invited to visit the tree and to participating in making the holiday season brighter for children in need.
For more information about this program or the Junior Woman’s Club of Sparta, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.jwcsparta.org.